Civil Rights murder case goes to trial after 45 years

MARION, AL (WBRC) - A murder case from the Civil Rights Era will finally go to trial this November.
James Fowler was a state trooper when he shot and killed Jimmie Lee Jackson in a cafe during a civil rights protest in Marion in 1965. That killing prompted the famous "Selma to Montgomery" voting rights march a short time later.
Fowler, who is now 76 says he fired in self defense. His trial is set for November 29th.

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